Training Courses Offered by CMI

CMI Training Faculty facilitates a wide variety of topics focusing on criminal justice and correctional staff development utilizing evidence-based principles. Programs include:

Security Staff Academy

14 hours over 3 days, includes introduction to Community Corrections; limit setting; initiating contact; maintaining standards; investigating; legal issues; thoroughness; client risk to community; 8 principles of Evidence-Based Practices, Risk/Need/Responsivity principles, top 8 Criminogenic Needs, Stages of Change; report writing; monitors and state standards: UA, BA, searches, phone monitors; Prison Rape Elimination Act; hands-on practice with pat searches; suicide prevention.  

Adult CPR/First Aid

Protecting yourself; providing care; conscious and unconscious choking; caring for shock; cardiac emergencies and CPR; sudden illnesses; wounds; injuries to muscles, bones and joints; and heat- and cold-related emergencies.  This is an American Red Cross Adult CPR/First Aid certified program.


The importance of appropriate boundaries with our clients, setting limits, types of boundary violations, setting appropriate boundaries, all emphasized by classroom activities. 

Client Scams

Definition of scam; scams in correctional settings, profiles of staff and clients who get involved in scams; client perspective of staff; client code; the basics of the scam; tools of the scam and how to react; and ways to prevent scams.

Deception Detection

Through activities and classroom discussion, this class will teach students ways to detect when people are omitting and/or falsifying information. Specific topics include, reasons humans lie, the Truth Continuum, influences on deception, language and the brain and techniques in Discourse Analysis.

Effective Team Communication

Tools for effective communication and conflict resolution within the work unit.

Motivating Correctional Clients to Change

Beginning and Intermediate. Beginning Part I - Motivational Interviewing definition; 8 principles of evidence-based practices; the Spirit of MI; Principles of MI; MI Skills: OARS with several practice exercises. Intermediate Part II - Stages of Change; Recognizing, Responding to and Eliciting Change Talk; Dealing with Resistance with several practice exercises.

Restorative Justice/Victim Impact

Principles of restorative justice; comparison of retributive and restorative justice; victims issues; restorative justice practices; adapting principles of restorative justice to case management; the challenge of implementing restorative practices in a community corrections setting.

Sex Offender Management

Overview of sex offender typologies; treatment modalities; supervision components.

Standardized Offender Assessments-Revised (SOA-R)

The substance abuse treatment system; SOA-R instruments; areas measured by SOA-R; application/use of SOA-R.

Standardized Offender Assessments-Revised (SOA-R) Advanced

Follow up training to SOA-R, includes: 8 Principles of Evidence-Based Practice, top 8 Criminogenic Needs and Case Planning. Completion of SOA-R Basic is a pre-requisite for this course.

Supervising Corrections Professionals

Definition and role of the supervisor; values and goals; problem solving; supervision styles and behaviors; conflict resolution; why staff do not perform; elements of staff performance; staff personality types.

Supervising II:

Taking it to the Next Level - overview of some Human Resources rules and regulations; ways to work more closely with HR; the impact of effective vs. harmful communication with staff; the Ladder of Inference; why employees terminate their employment. 

Verbal De-Escalation

Hostile confrontation; importance of verbal de-escalation in corrections; staff safety; dynamics of a hostile situation; hostile communication; dealing with the hostile confrontation.

CMI also works with several other criminal justice and safety related agencies to provide additional relevant training topics. These agencies include:

  • Colorado State and County agencies
  • Drug Testing Laboratories
  • Treatment Providers
  • Health Depts. 
  • Local Police and Sheriff’s Depts.
  • Community Corrections Boards        

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